Ron Fong leads the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (APISBP), which provides bilingual technical assistance to thousands of entrepreneurs, to help them start or expand their small and micro businesses. APISBP is a collaboration of five community-based organizations, formed to assist the development of small and micro businesses in Los Angeles with a particular focus on low-income immigrants of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Thai descent.
Fong has established himself and the organization as a voice for low-income Asian immigrant entrepreneurs. He has over 30 years of community economic development, housing finance, and city planning experience. Prior to serving at APISBP, Fong directed small business assistance, land use, and urban planning initiatives for the Little Tokyo Service Center as part of their community economic development strategy. He previously served as the Community Development Director for the Fannie Mae Western Regional Office. Fong also directed the Los Angeles office of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, a statewide nonprofit that provides affordable housing financial consulting services. He has also worked for redevelopment agencies in Boston and St. Louis.
Fong has been elected three times to represent Little Tokyo on the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council in the City of Los Angeles, and recently chaired Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board. Fong received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
February 12, 2019
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